03:21 PM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 08/15/2013 11:05AM
There was a time when American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini was on top of the world.
The 34-year-old, who came in second to Kelly Clarkson on the show's first season in 2002, remembers the days when "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans.
But on his blog Wednesday (which had been removed but is back up), the father of two admitted that he now spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."
Originally posted 09/28/2009 09:05AM
Until just last month, American Idol's Justin Guarini had planned to walk down the aisle next summer. But, in the end, the singer – who was the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on Idol's inaugural season – decided he couldn't wait any longer to marry Reina Capodici, whom he first met in junior high school, where Capodici's mother was his English teacher.
"We just wanted to be married so badly," says Guarini, who reconnected with his new bride in December 2007. "I thought to myself, 'It's time.' Seeing how much we both had grown, how well we operated together, and how in love we are, it just made absolute sense."
Originally posted 09/27/2009 02:10PM
Surrounded by family and close friends, Justin Guarini married Reina Capodici at a private estate in his hometown of Doylestown, Penn., early Saturday evening, Guarini's rep Jeff Ballard confirms to PEOPLE.
Guarini, 30, the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season of American Idol, and his new bride, 27, attended high school together but only started dating after reconnecting in the past few years.
The intimate wedding was presided over by a female minister from the Universalist Church and included vows the couple wrote themselves. Guarini's stepdaughter Lola, 4, spoke during the ceremony. Music by Radiohead, Paramore and Peter Gabriel was performed by the Vitamin String Quartet.
Originally posted 09/25/2009 01:35PM
Justin Guarini is known for his mane of wild, curly locks – but these days the singer's smile is even bigger than his hair. And for good reason: He announced Thursday that he's getting married over the weekend.
"He's doing really well, he's excited," says Guarini's pal and publicist Jeff Ballard. "This is the happiest I've ever seen him. He's smiling from ear to ear. I don't know what's bigger – his teeth or his hair."
Originally posted 09/24/2009 08:25PM
Justin Guarini, one of the original American Idol stars as the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season, is getting married this weekend.
The 30-year-old singer will wed Reina Capodici, 27, of Doylestown, Penn., who went to high school with Guarini. He'll become stepfather to her 4-year-old daughter Lola.
Although they've known each other since they were teens, they only started dating a few years ago and made marriage plans last December. They will have an intimate family wedding on a private estate along the Delaware River, near their families' Pennsylvania homes.
Originally posted 05/28/2004 08:00AM
Fantasia Barrino is the new American Idol, runner-up Diana DeGarmo is predicted to have a healthy career, last year's Ruben Studdard is (literally) bigger than ever, Clay Aiken – not Courtney Love, despite the title of her last album – is America's Sweetheart, and Season One Idol Kelly Clarkson is still going strong.
Originally posted 07/03/2003 10:00AM
JUSTIN BUSTED: Last year's "American Idol" runner-up, Justin Guarini, allegedly nearly ran over a 5-year-old girl with his Jet Ski at a recreation spot in Texas last weekend, reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Guarini, 24, was ticketed by police after witnesses said he barely missed hitting young Alison Heizer, said the paper. The incident allegedly occurred Saturday at Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill, Texas, where Guarini and "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, 20, were reportedly hanging out with five other friends.
Originally posted 08/29/2002 01:00PM
It was another tearful Wednesday night, and Fox's "American Idol" is now whittled down to two: Justin Guarini, 23, of Doylestown, Pa., who sang Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," and Kelly Clarkson, 20, of Burleson, Texas, who delivered Harry Nilsson's "Without You." That left Nikki McKibbin, 23, out in the cold, as she was booted by viewers Wednesday after singing "Black Velvet." McKibbin wept as she hugged her fellow contestants and was gracious in defeat as family members, including her visibly disappointed mother, looked on from the audience inside Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. "What an incredible journey this has been," McKibbin said. "Just to know that so many people support me and enjoy what I do means more than anything in the world." Even the usually tart-tongued host of the show, Simon Cowell, went easy on the runner-up. "Reality check: Out of 10,000 people, you are third. This is not a time for tears," he told McKibbin. "You've got a career ahead of you." Meanwhile, Guarini and Clarkson will sweat it out next week for the final two episodes of the Fox summer hit, which promises a recording contract to the winner. Viewer calls will decide the champion, to be announced on the program Sept. 4.
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